For the last few weeks here, we’ve been stepping toward professional development. This week we return to “this i teach,” and Jill Tyson reminds us, no matter where we are or doing what, to walk in step with the Master Teacher.
It’s week 7, and we’re exploring ways to collaborate with colleagues toward growth as a teacher. It’s our final step toward professional development…in this cycle, but the journey is ongoing.
It’s week 6, and we’re talking about feedback. Specifically, we’re talking about you inviting your mentor to give you feedback and showing how both of you can overcome any affective concerns.
This week we’re taking step 5. What questions would support your professional development? Which ones would encourage collaboration between you and your mentor? How could you answer them reflectively and with critical self-awareness?
During week 4, we’re looking at the contexts within which you teach. You and your mentor will consider how culture, society, education systems, and individual differences influence your classroom context. How do they also shape your steps toward professional development?
It’s time for step 3 toward professional development. This week, you and your mentor have a chance to write outcomes or essential questions that take you toward the benchmarks you identified last week. Then, what’s the final destination?
It’s week 2 of stepping toward professional development. You and your mentor have a chance to identify your starting point by looking at some benchmarks for teachers. And so the journey begins.
For the next 7 weeks here on Master Teaching, we’re taking steps toward professional development by completing tasks with a mentor. This week, identify and invite a mentor. Then, come back with your mentor next week for step 2.